Organizations have become more reliant on networking to help achieve both critical and aspirational objectives as they have struggled to maintain control, visibility and security amid a massive shift to remote work. These types of challenges are now not unusual, nor are they likely to be temporary. They have become the norm — defining features of the future of work, an environment which is decidedly a hybrid of both remote and in-person models.
To address these changing circumstances, organizations are looking to automation solutions to improve the speed and quality of their network performance and security and, ultimately, the achievement of business priorities. Two such solutions, software-defined WAN and intuitive management platforms, enhance visibility and facilitate management, no matter how dispersed an organization’s employees may be.
Remote work has irrevocably altered the cybersecurity landscape as well, requiring network strategies that address these new threats and vulnerabilities. Secure access service edge, next-generation firewalls and multifactor authentication are the baseline. Zero-trust approaches will reinforce security controls and policies through network segmentation, identity-based access and other best practices. Additionally, advanced wireless capabilities, including Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E and public and private 5G, will create new opportunities while augmenting security.
Organizations and their networks evolve and adapt in tandem, with capabilities and limitations that are frequently interdependent. As organizations move their networks forward, they strengthen their resiliency against future crises and build a solid foundation for business success.
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